Tamil Nadu stranded as bus strike enters day 7

Tamil Nadu stranded as bus strike enters day 7

The DMK as well as the sidelined AIADMK leader expressed their angst against the Governor of the state.

Centre of Indian Trade Unions leader and president of Tamil Nadu State Transport Employees Federation A Soundararajan and DMK backed Labour Progressive Federation's (LPF) president M Shanmugam said that employees were fighting for their rights, wage revision and payment of arrears amounting to Rs 7,500 crore, but the MLAs were voting themselves a 100% hike in salaries. The Guv's maiden address was disrupted by Stalin who chose to read out from a prepared text he was carrying. The Governor then continued his address. Despite the governor's request, Mr Stalin continued speaking. "The government should respect the labourers", said Irualappan, a member of a labour union. The rebel AIADMK legislator TTV Dinakaran, making his debut, after his recent thumping victory from RK Nagar constituency, chose to sit through the governor's address. The DMK has been demanding a floor test in the House since splits within the ruling party emerged past year.

Despite the DMK members' demand for a debate on the issue, the Speaker maintained: "I can not allow any comment against the former Chief Minister, who is no more".

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Since the strike got its fifth day today, reports making buzzes that special buses were approved for the MLAs. With the workers on strike the fleets were operated by temporary workers to the chagrin of inconvenienced passengers.

Hundreds of commuters struggled to reach places in Tamil Nadu as the indefinite strike called by transport unions, demanding a pay hike among other things, entered the eighth day on Thursday. The court also said that none of the striking workers can be terminated from service without the permission of the court.

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